From the towering Alps to the mountains of Chile to the sought-after Japanese peaks, the world is your skiing oyster. With all the luxurious destination ski trips on the market, it’s easy to forget that some of the best skiing is here in America.
This winter, in addition to planning an alpine trek to British Columbia, show the American slopes how much you appreciate them, with a trip out west or a visit to New Mexico. These are 10 of the best ski destinations in America this year.
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Olympic Valley, California
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Park City, Utah
Park City is an iconic ski destination—partially because of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort are two of the top choices for skiing and lodging; Park City Mountain Resort is home to 7,300 skiable acres. The Park City community welcomes a combination of transplants and winter sports lovers—skiers and snowboarders feel instantly at home there.
Spending the weekend in Stowe has all the quaint aesthetics of spending a weekend in the Alps. The skiing in Vermont is renown for good reason—Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in the area—as the main street is lined with shops selling locally-crafted products for the less skiing-inclined visitors. For a luxurious spa to retreat to after a day on the slopes, stay at Top Notch Resort and Spa.
Powder chasers fawn over Mt. Bachelor and its enviable conditions. You have to time it meticulously, but if you’re lucky, you could show up at the peak and be one of the first skiers to touch two feet on powder. In true Oregon fashion, Bend boasts great food, beer, and coffee—the town is home to no less than 22 craft breweries.
Big Sky, Montana
Not far from Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is a stretch of Rockies in Montana primed for winter sports. From rustic lodges to summit accommodations, they have something for every palette at Big Sky. They offer a whopping 5,850 skiable acres, with 36 lifts, and all on one peak.
Mount Alyeska, Alaska
On Mount Alyeska, there are more than 1,610 acres to ski with seven lifts, and the area gets 669 inches of snow annually. Part of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, Mount Alyeska is known for its steep North Face, which has “North America’s longest continuous double black run.”
This chic Rockies ski town used to be a Victorian mining hub. Mountain Village offers haute cuisine to impress the foodies who want to tuck into a great apres ski meal. The snowy expanse makes for not-too-crowded runs, and you can snowboard, snowshoe, downhill, or cross-country ski here.